Thanks to Christopher Simpson for flagging up something really special, this grade II-listed Edgar Wood-designed Upmeads property in Stafford, Staffordshire.
The house is special because it’s a house somewhat ahead of its time. Built for a local industrialist in 1908, it hints at a modernism yet to come (although it is officially classed as arts and crafts). Experimental, unique in its time and thought of as an oddity back in the day, Upmeads has more than stood the test of time perhaps because of that slightly austere look.
It sits in around 1.3 acres of landscaped gardens and approached by a long gravel driveway. Once inside, you’ll find a reception hall with a double height vaulted ceiling, leading to both formal reception rooms through double doors. Once open, it creates an entertainment area covering the full length of the house. Also here is a drawing room with original marble fireplace, a dining room with original ornate frieze, a kitchen and breakfast room, a cloakroom and butler’s pantry, a garden room and an enclosed yard with access to cellars, coal and log stores.
On the first floor there are five bedrooms, including a master bedroom with original panelling, a marble fireplace and an en-suite bathroom. There’s also a family bathroom and separate WC, a Minstrels’ gallery overlooking the main hall plus a further large bedroom and shower room on the second floor where there is access onto the roof terrace.
Outside the main house is a detached garage (one of the first purpose-built garages) with access at either end onto the driveway. In addition, it also has a cast iron spiral staircase with access to a self contained one bedroom apartment with kitchenette, sitting room and shower room.
More details on the agent’s listing and if you fancy putting in a bid, the guide price is £995,000.